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Han and Qiu find lab sponge highly absorbent of bisphenol A

Jie Han and Wei Qiu, postdoctoral associates at the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and colleagues have found that a common sponge used to clean laboratory surfaces has a very high capacity to absorb the chemical bisphenol A. Chemistry World

DeConto finds sea levels rose 17 meters from melting ice sheets 3 million years ago

Robert DeConto, Geosciences, has found that around three million years ago, melting of the ice sheets in Antarctica over thousands of years caused sea levels to rise by about 17 meters, as published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. International Business Times

11 CNS subjects ranked in the top 200 globally according to QS World University

For a second consecutive year, the University of Massachusetts Amherst ranked among the top 200 programs worldwide in 18 academic disciplines, according to the QS World University Subject Rankings, and 11 of those were in the College of Natural Sciences. Agriculture and forestry ranked 28th. Computer science at UMass Amherst joined the top 100 programs worldwide. Environmental sciences and chemistry were in the top 150 programs. Biological sciences, psychology, earth and marine sciences, physics, and astronomy were all ranked in the top 200 subjects worldwide. News release

Ice cream flavor developed by Food Science seniors to be marketed statewide

Maple Valley Creamery in Hadley chose cherry chocolate chunk as its next seasonal variety, an ice cream flavor developed in Sam Nugen’s food product development course, taken by 26 seniors majoring in Food Science. The students formed four teams and competed over the semester to develop the new flavor as part of their senior capstone projects. The creamery will produce and market the ice cream across the state over the next few weeks. Republican, News release

Danylchuk featured in video on the emerging golden dorado fisheries in Argentina

Andy Danylchuk, Environmental Conservation, was featured in a video on the emerging golden dorado fisheries in Argentina. Midcurrent.com

CNS Senior Celebration: Saturday, May 9, 5:00 p.m., Mullins Center

Please join us for the College of Natural Sciences Senior Celebration on Saturday, May 9, at 5:00 p.m. in the Mullins Center. This festive event includes brief speeches by student speakers and the awarding of a commemorative UMass medals to each graduate along with a farewell gift. Jumbo video screens will broadcast each person’s time on stage, which will also be captured by a professional photographer.

Venkataraman and Zoeller given Distinguished Teaching and Research honors

Dhandapani "D.V." Venkataraman, Chemistry (left), has been given the Distinguished Teacher Award, the university's highest teaching honor. The Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Research (formerly Distinguished Academic Outreach Award) has been given to Thomas Zoeller, Biology. The winners receive a monetary prize and are recognized at both the Undergraduate and Graduate commencements.

Chan, Eres, and Tovar, named 21st Century Leaders, will be recognized at Commencement

Three of the 10 students who will be recognized at Undergraduate Commencement as 21st Century Leaders are from CNS: Stephen R. Chan, who created his own major in neuroscience and global business through the Bachelor’s Degree with Individualized Concentration program; Stefan Marco Eres, Chemistry, who also a member of iCons; and Dorothy Tovar, Microbiology. This award recognizes graduating seniors who have demonstrated exemplary standards of achievement, initiative and social awareness. The awards are made possible by the generous financial support of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association. Read more

Chunias named a Jack Welch Scholar to be recognized at Commencement

Nicholas Chunias, Mathematics and Statistics/Finance, has been named a Jack Welch Scholar and will be recognized at the Undergraduate Commencement for his leadership and executive abilities. News release

Sherwood to receive Distinguished Achievement Award at Commencement

Charles H. Sherwood, '72 MS, '77 PhD, polymer science and engineering, will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award at the university's Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8. Sherwood has been president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors of Anika Therapeutics since 2002. Sherwood is a member of the CNS Advisory Board and a strong supporter of the iCons program.

Helper named honorary fellow of Royal Microscopical Society

Peter Hepler, professor emeritus of biology, has been named an honorary fellow of the Royal Microscopical Society, the highest award offered by the organization. He is one of only 65 so named. News release

Svistunov, Prokof’ev, and Babaev publish physics textbook

Boris Svistunov, Nikolay Prokof’ev, and Egor Babaev, Physics, have collaborated on a new textbook for graduate students interested in superfluidity, superconductivity, and topics where superfluid states of matter manifest themselves called “Superfluid States of Matter” as published this month by Taylor and Francis. News release

Gaubatz and Miklau named ISI fellows

Piper Gaubatz, Geosciences, and Gerome Miklau, Computer Science, have been chosen by the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute (ISI) as fellows for its 2015-16 seminar on “Secrecy, Publicity, Privacy, Security.” Each fellow will receive a $1,500 research allowance and participate in a yearlong faculty seminar. In the coming year ISI will receive additional funding from the dean of the College of Natural Sciences. News release

Yan wins Armstrong Fund for Science award

Jun Yan, Physics, has been named one of two Armstrong Fund for Science winners for 2015, which this year is granting $20,000 to each researcher to encourage transformative research on campus that introduces new ways of thinking about pressing scientific or technical challenges. News release

Aurian-Blajeni wins ISPE poster contest

Dan Ezra Aurian-Blajeni '16, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology/Chemical Engineering, has won the annual poster contest of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE) Boston area chapter. He will represent the Boston area chapter at the international ISPE conference in November.

Gazette applauds Center for Data Science and College of Information and Computer Sciences

An editorial in the Daily Hampshire Gazette applauded the new Center for Data Science and the elevation of the School of Computer Science to the College of Information and Computer Sciences.

Life Sciences Laboratories featured in Tradeline magazine

The new Life Science Laboratories building at UMass Amherst was featured in Tradeline magazine.

Bradley says mountains warming faster than previously thought

High elevation environments around the world may be warming much faster than previously thought, according to members of an international research team including Raymond Bradley, Geosciences, and director, Climate System Research Center, as published in Nature Climate Change. Phys.org, Aboutmyarea, Planetski.eu, eScience News, Reportingclimatescience.com, Science Newsline, Science Daily, Science Codex, Science 2.0, Azocleantech.com, Observatorio del plastico.com, Eco-business.com, News release

UMass Amherst ranked among top 50 green colleges by Princeton Review

UMass Amherst was rated as one of the top 50 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the just-released Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges. News release

Woodruff's research about ancient kamikaze winds featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Research by Jonathan Woodruff, Geosciences, about ancient kamikaze winds in 13th century Japan was featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Zoeller's research on endocrine-disrupting chemicals featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Research by R. Thomas Zoeller about the dangers of endocrine-disrupting chemicals including PCBs was featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Richardson's research on adolescent drinking featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The research of Heather N. Richardson, Psychological and Brain Sciences, about the dangers of adolescent drinking was featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Condron's NSF grant for ancient ice research featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Alan Condron, Geosciences, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study ancient ice, as noted in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Pocar research on solar neutrinos featured in UMass Amherst magazine

Andrea Pocar, Physics, and Keith Otis '07, '14 PhD are part of an international team that has directly detected neutrinos from the sun, as featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine.

Hong family graduate fellowship featured in UMass Amherst magazine

The newly-created Frances and Chou-Chou Hong Graduate Fellowship in Veterinary and Animal Sciences was featured in the spring issue of UMass Amherst magazine.